Di Matteo eager for Terry and Mata to return for Chelsea

Roberto Di Matteo is looking to the forthcoming return of John Terry to improve the form of Chelsea’s defence of recent games, while also relying on Juan Mata to breathe life back into an attack that was somewhat moribund against Swansea City, the Daily Mail has reported.

Chelsea drew 1-1 with the Swans on Saturday but were criticised for their performance, with the Welsh side’s goalkeeper, Gerhard Tremmel, feeling Chelsea were content to win 1-0 rather than force the issue and put daylight between themselves and their hosts. In the end, a Pablo Hernandez effort from the edge of the penalty area meant a share of the spoils.

Di Matteo could offer no more than hope, however, when asked if Mata would be fit to play against Shakhtar Donetsk in this week’s Champions League fixtures. Chelsea need a victory at home to the Ukrainian side in order to maintain their push to reach the next stage of the competition after losing to Shakhtar in Donetsk last time out.

Terry, meanwhile, served the final game of his four-match suspension against Swansea and is now eligible to return to domestic football, having only played in the Champions League since he was punished for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Di Matteo said: “We will have to see how the next days go, then we’ll make a decision on whether [Terry] plays. We will have to see.

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